Windell Oskay of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories removed the RFID circuit in a MasterCard PayPass and placed it into a Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. He calls it "Hello Credit."
One interesting thing is that the circuit board is incredibly thin -- approximately 1/4 the thickness of standard 1/16" circuit boards, which happens to be pretty close to the thickness of a standard credit card. It's flexible and fairly translucent. You do need to be a little bit careful because ceramic capacitors (like the ones on this board) have a tendency to break if you bend the board that they are soldered to.
Link (Via Neatorama)
Of course, we can now give our RFID element any kind of a case mod that we see fit. One thing that would be easy to do is just to embed it in the side of a wallet. You could also embed it in any one of the millions of things that have become USB thumb drives in the last few years.
Eser Dominoes are an interesting proof of concept that won a juried award at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival.
Retroworks’ $18 decoder rings don’t have much by way of cryptographic robustness (they compare disfavorably to the cipher-wheel wedding rings my wife and I wear!), but they’re not a bad way to introduce the littlies in your life to the idea of habitual secrecy. (via Red Ferret)
This old Mental Floss post collects salesmans’ miniatures from the 1930s, including mausoleums, swimming pools, Persian rugs, and more — but the gem is this gorgeous neon sample-case.
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